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How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hints no clear rules

Alzheimer's usually impairs recent memory initially, with preservation at first of distant memory and other cognitive functioning.
Eventually more global deficits occur. Often ad is a "diagnosis of exclusion" i.e., the most likely possibility after other causes are ruled out. It can only be diagnosed for certain with brain tissue samples, which is generally only done after death.

In brief: Hints no clear rules

Alzheimer's usually impairs recent memory initially, with preservation at first of distant memory and other cognitive functioning.
Eventually more global deficits occur. Often ad is a "diagnosis of exclusion" i.e., the most likely possibility after other causes are ruled out. It can only be diagnosed for certain with brain tissue samples, which is generally only done after death.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: The only way to be

Sure is after death with examination by a pathologist.

In brief: The only way to be

Sure is after death with examination by a pathologist.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Theresa Redling
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Neuropsych eval

There are different characteristics for each type of dementia that maybe very clear to a doc or may need further eval by a neuropsychologist.
A clinician well versed in management of dementias can usually diagnose with a physical and complete medical eval.

In brief: Neuropsych eval

There are different characteristics for each type of dementia that maybe very clear to a doc or may need further eval by a neuropsychologist.
A clinician well versed in management of dementias can usually diagnose with a physical and complete medical eval.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Dr. Theresa Redling
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